LG and Sony row could mean PS3 shortages

Shipments of PlaysStation 3's heading to Europe have been seized by customs officials following an import ban imposed onto Sony by LG.

The Asian electronics conglomerates are locked in a legal tussle which centres around Sony's Blu-ray playback on its seventh-gen console. LG states that this feature imposes on some of its Blu-ray patents.

Tens of thousands of PS3s have already been stopped by Dutch customs, according to a report by the BBC, due to a ten-day import ban on the games consoles from the civil court of justice in the Hague.

LG has also filed for similar action in the States, but it's understood that Sony has also filed its own complaints against LG regarding mobile phone patents.

We're all used to seeing the big tech players sue and take legal action against each other, but for actual confiscations to take place is pretty unusual.

Michael Coyle, patent solicitor of law firm Lawdit explained to the BBC that LG is taking a huge gamble with its legal action.

"It will have to pay an astonishing amount of money if a judge rules that its patent is invalid," he said. "When a firm seeks to have goods seized they make an undertaking to pay for storage and compensation."

We'll be keeping an eye on this one - either way it's going to cost a big tech company a truck-load of money.



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